Greetings. Congratulations on taking this first step. I believe that counseling is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois who has worked in healthcare settings for 20 years. I have experience working with persons with chronic illness, grief and loss, as well as anxiety, depression, high risk pregnancy, reproductive issues, parenting, issues of self-worth, life transitions, and compassion fatigue. I am also a certified Nia dance teacher. Nia is a practice that incorporates the healing arts, the martial arts and the dance arts. I like to work from a strengths-based approach utilizing elements of humanistic and positive psychology. I incorporate mindfulness techniques and elements of gentle healing movement as I believe that through movement we find health. I also utilize elements from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to re-pattern habitual behaviors that may no longer serve the individual. Collaboratively, we will explore what emotions come up, begin to access and investigate feelings and learn to nurture self. The work will allow those who are vulnerable to find meaning, purpose, and joy leading to a more harmonious well-balanced daily life.
I look forward to going on this journey with you.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Emptiness, Fertility Issues, Life Purpose, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Somatic Therapy
IL LCSW 149.007951
Meghan is a great listener who reminds me of my aunt (a trusted and supportive figure in my life). I feel very comfortable talking to her and she offers helpful feedback with a variety of techniques to try. As someone trying therapy for the first time, I appreciate her patience and helpfulness in finding something that works well for me!
Written on Dec 05, 2021 after therapy with Meghan for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes
I’ve enjoyed working with Meghan Howie-Timmel! Meghan was kind and extremely responsive, and I enjoyed the balance with which she asked questions, listened, suggested exercises/tools, and offered her thoughts. She’s helped me learn some things about myself and has certainly helped me gain new perspective, one that’s helping me find more peace, meaning, and happiness in my day-to-day life.
Written on Mar 17, 2021 after therapy with Meghan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes